The two major candidates for secretary of state debated and disagreed on many points, but agreed on one thing. Democrat Mark Ritchie and Republican Dan Severson both said they’d like to lower the threshold for an election recount from the current margin of 1/2 of 1% down to 1/4 of 1%. They also don’t want politics in the office. Ritchie said “There’s something about making elections a partisan game that’s wrong to me.” Severson said “There’s not room for partisanship in the secretary of state’s office.” That’s about where the agreement ends.
They disagreed on photo ID, Ritchie called it unconstitutional, it’s a central issue for Severson. Ritchie said you could only go to online voting “when government is smarter than the hackers.” Severson said “there’s a future in it” and when I followed up asking if there’s a future now for online voting the Republican said yes. When an audience member at the Goodwill/Easter Seals office in St. Paul asked about why Minnesota’s voter turn-out is so high, Ritchie was proud to say “it’s part of who we are.” Severson said we’ve made voting easy and is “concerned we’ve opened up the system to make people feel good.” We’ll have more of this debate I moderated Friday on Almanac and following the show at 8pm on tpt I’ll also host a live gubernatorial debate sponsored by AARP.